Paris312 Birthday Party: Siena Rose Turns ONE!

Sweet Siena Rose turned 1 this month and I couldn’t be feel more honored to have photographed her 1st birthday celebration which was held at Paris312 in Chicago. I am always in awe at just how special this little munchkin is to her sweet family. As the first grandchild on both sides of her family, she is showered with love and affection from all—even family-friends can’t help but dote on little miss Siena, she is a precious girl indeed. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to photograph these major milestones in her first year and I am looking forward to all the wonderful memories and milestones ahead <3

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue & Balloon Art: Paris312

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Paris312 Birthday Party by Chicago Event Photographer, Nicee Martin.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Sip & See: Siena Rose

This elegant Sip & See was a joyous celebration for the newest member of the Segretto and Nisson family, Siena Rose. Not only is she the first child of newly weds, Michael & Nicole Segretto, but she is the first grandchild on both sides of her family, which makes this an extra special occasion indeed. All of her family members and family friends where thrilled to meet Siena and showered both, her and her parents, with love.

The delightful Sunday brunch, hosted at the Chicago Botanic Garden, was styled and planned by Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events. The decor included floral arrangements by Kesh Designs, balloon arches by Paris 312, a custom mimosa cart by Northern Decor and delicious sweet treats by Vanille Chicago

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden

Event Designer & Planner: Kesh Events

Florals: Kesh Designs

Cake Artist & Sweet Treats: Vanille Chicago

Balloon Art: Paris 312

Mimosa Cart: Northern Decor

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Chicago Botanic Garden Sip and See by Chicago Event Photographer Miss Motley Photography.

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Leigh & Lynn's 18th Birthday Celebration | Chicago, IL

“It takes a village to raise a child.” That was my biggest personal takeaway from Leigh & Lynn’s 18th Birthday Celebration. There was an indescribable warmth throughout the home as relatives, friends, neighbors and godparents poured in from the blizzard outside. Laughter and love filled the air.

Each guest was asked to bring an ornament to help the Logan family trim their tree this year. However, in actuality, it ended up being an ornament exchange, as the Logan family distributed personal, and might I add, well thought-out ornament awards to their honored guest. It was their little way of showing appreciation to their friends and family members who have loved and supported them over the last 18 years of Leigh & Lynn’s life.

Nicole Pittmon of Nicole Marie Events planned and designed the event space. She and Shawnelle coordinated fun events throughout the evening, which included: an "awards ceremony", a champagne toast with vintage 1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, a cake cutting, and a gingerbread cookie decorating contest. Many great memories were made that evening, it was a true celebration of life, family & love.

A few highlights from the birthday celebration are featured below, to view the full gallery of images click here: http://galleries.missmotleyphotography.com/loganholidayparty2016/

Many thanks to the fabulous team who brought this celebration to life...

Event Planner & Stylist: Nicole Marie Events Chicago
Cake Designer: Cake Life Chicago
Mixologist: Leira Knows Cocktails & Events
Catering: Fuze Catering & Events

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from the event.

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Garfield Park Conservatory Wedding: Michele + Walid

2015 has been a good year for this couple, full of celebrations and new beginnings. I first met Michele and Walid in March when their family of 2 became 3 and they brought little Elliot into the studio for newborn portraits. He was so cuddly and sweet.  A few months prior, Michele and Walid had secretly eloped here in Chicago at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. This fall, they decided to host a wedding reception at the Garfield Park Conservatory with their families and close friends. It was a wonderful celebration indeed!

Photographed for Melissa Marie Photography

Matthew Jeremiah 6 days old | Chicago's Newborn Photographer

Little Matthew and his big sisters Anna & Angelina seriously gave me baby fever.  I had the best time cuddling with this little cutie and giggling with his sisters.  They are all so very sweet.  Just from being around them for the short time that I was, I could tell that their lives are filled with parents and family members who love and adore them to the fullest.  I foresee a lot of fun days ahead for these 3!  Welcome to the world, Matthew! 

The Perfect Father's Day Gift | Chicago's Family Photographer

From the moment we spoke over the phone, I knew I'd be working with a spectacular family.  Kelly was interested in using portraits from her session to gift to her father and father-in-law for Father's Day- how thoughtful is that?!  She came to our session prepared.  She had the wonderful idea to have me capture a photo of her son blowing a dandelion because her father had a photo of her doing the same when she was a child.  I thought it was a great idea- and to be honest, the photos of her and Aaron with the dandelions are some of my favorite captures from this session!!  I love when my clients add sentimental value to the images we create, it makes what I do all the more worth it to know that these images will be so highly valued by their family.  

Morton Arboretum Maternity Session | Galina + Chris

A few years ago when I decided I wanted to start my own photography business, I mentioned my idea to my small group from church.  Galina & Chris were pregnant with her first child Benji.  She eagerly volunteered to allow me to photograph her son when he was born.  Benji was the first newborn I'd ever photographed and I researched techniques for weeks in preparation for his session.  I realized that being a professional newborn photographer was more than just taking a baby and laying them down on a blanket and taking a snapshot of him or her.  It requires the photographer to be skilled in soothing techniques, newborn safety, posing, lighting, editing, etc.  Now here we are a few years later and after investing countless hours, money, sweat and tears I am finally at a place where I can proudly call myself a professional newborn photographer.  It's been a long hard road and this is only the beginning.

Galina, you are the reason I chose to specialize in newborns.  And this experience has grown and stretched me in ways I would have never imagined.  I thank you for trusting me with the most precious gift in your life when I was still an amateur and for being my #1 fan and supporter (aside from Lance, of course).  Your constant encouragement and kind words has gotten me through so many rough patches where I've been ready to throw in the towel.  Your friendship is invaluable to me.  I look forward to photographing your family in the years to come- so and Chris need to keep those babies coming ;-)  

Love ya, girlie!  

Brooke | Chicago's Premier Family Photographer

It is always such a pleasure to photograph the children of my old high school classmates.  Not only am I able to catch up with old friends, but I love being able to see how their children resemble them.  

Well today's princess is a replica of her mother, and it was such a pleasure to meet her for the first time! 

Best wishes on all your future endeavors, Little Miss Brooke!! 

Watson IV, due March 2013 | Chicago's Premier Family Photographer

This week my brother, his wife, and my adorable niece are home for the holidays!!  I am sooooooooo incredibly excited.  I have truly enjoyed every second I've gotten to share with them this week.

Today I'd like to take the time to announce to you all the expected arrival (March 2013) of my precious nephew Watson IV.  Yes, I know what you’re thinking, the 4th… the 4th?!  Yes, my brother and his lovely wife have decided to stick to family traditions and carry on the name of my grandfather Watson.  While such traditions are almost unheard of these days, my grandfather would feel so honored to know that his great grandson will bear his name.  Names are very important in my family and I am proud to be apart of this great tradition!  It’s so amazing to watch my family grow.  My sweet niece is going to be an awesome big sister!!  I cannot wait to meet my little peanut (as I am naturally obsessed with every child Watson & Kelli create)!  And of course his newborn session will be amazing!!!!  So stay tuned for adorable newborn photos once he makes his debut.  #proudauntmoment

Congratulations you two!  Love you guys to pieces :)